With everyone back to school you may be thinking what a relief as it allows me to catch up and get settled back into working at AuctionGirl. But this week is special. As I type it is D-Day minus 6 – on Sunday I am running the London Marathon.
After 16 weeks of following a training plan and running four times a week, the day will be arriving. I’m very much looking forward to it but the last ten days have been marred by a minor injury, AKA plantar fasciitis. I’d never heard of it before but it’s unbelievable how many people have had a similar problem. I won’t bore you with the details but am hoping that all the training, determination and seeing my family & friends cheer me on as I run around the course will spur me on. I can sit down as much as I want next week but this week is about eating well, keeping hydrated and taking anti-inflammatory pills to ease the pain!
Well I’d be kidding myself if I thought I’d be taking it easy next week – we have copious amounts of items that need writing up. It’s finding the time to do it. I have had calls from a couple of returning clients who are looking to sell items that are no longer required in their home which is great. And then there is a client who will be completing on a house move shortly so there are also some large items of furniture that need selling. I’m also hoping to get my hands on a rather large Hornby train set which is going to keep me rather busy once I have worked out the best way to sell it. Then thinking about the time of year we have been storing some sunglasses and bikes for existing clients. The bikes have just been listed in view of a small improvement in the weather and we are now thinking that if spring is finally approaching then now is a great time to sell the sunglasses and other such items.
Now I’m as pleased as everyone else to see this small turn around in the weather but at the same time I don’t want it to be too hot this coming weekend as it makes the marathon much harder!
We used the Easter holidays to revise our leaflets. In the early days of AuctionGirl we would don our trainers and walk for two hours several times a week and drop leaflets through doors. As the business has expanded we have spent time advertising in a number of publications but after much consideration have decided that both forms of advertising should be in tandem.
Magazine advertising has seen some great returns but the problem is that it can be rather expensive so we have to make tough choices. But the decision to do a couple of large leaflet drops was done because we keep receiving enquiries from people commenting on how they have filed our leaflet away as they thought it could be useful one day. It will be interesting to see the feedback after the leaflet drop – we have advertised on both sides of the flyer as well to see what result this has on enquiries.
It’s lovely having the kids off school but it isn’t often conducive to getting work done! Marla and I often joke about doing an “all nighter” and staying up all night to catch up with work. I know it sounds ridiculous but if you think about it there are not as many interruptions as there are during the day. We haven’t done it yet and it wouldn’t be my greatest idea to try it this week but it’s just a thought. I’m often amazed at how much I can achieve when working late in the evening.
I shall of course update you next work and let you know how the marathon went and I look forward to taking the running a little easier in the weeks ahead.